Donald Trump held his first press conference as President-elect and if this is anything to go by, there’s little sign of Trump being…well, less like Trump.
The conference began with a statement from incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer blasting Buzzfeed and CNN for a “sad and pathetic effort to get clicks” after they published a false and spurious report from an unverified dossier alleging Russia had compromising info on Trump.
Unfortunately, this fake news story was the dominating theme of the conference during which Trump also explained his sons would be taking over his business, how he would be separating himself from the day-to-day operations of the Trump Organization, casually announced his nominee for VA Secretary, stated there would be “lots of signings” in the first few days of his term and will donate hotel profits from foreign government payments to the U.S Treasury.
But it is surely this particular moment that will make all the headlines.
Earlier during his remarks, Trump called Buzzfeed a “failing piece of garbage,” but it was during the question-and-answer session with the press that things got a little…shall we say…heated. Per Mediaite, As Trump called on reporters for questions, CNN’s Jim Acosta yelled out, “Since you are attacking us, can you give us a question?”
“Not you,” Trump said. “Your organization is terrible!”
Acosta pressed on, “You are attacking our news organization, can you give us a chance to ask a question, sir?” Trump countered by telling him “don’t be rude.”
“I’m not going to give you a question,” Trump responded. “I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news!”
As those on stage by Trump clapped, Acosta retorted, “Now, Mr. President-elect, that’s not appropriate!”
Not appropriate? But it’s the T-R-U-T-H.
One thing is for certain: millions more will be tuning into presidential press conferences from now on than ever have before.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]